How to Read the Bible (and Get Something out of It): Part 2

November 8, 2013 at 11:07 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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Last time I addressed the misconception that the Bible is boring. Here are three types of excitement in the Bible:

1. The danger in it

In many places the Holy Spirit employees a style of writing which we might describe as a “cliffhanger.” In other words, a narrative will build up to a moment of suspense, then there will be a pause in the action before it is resolved. In Genesis 22, for example, God tells Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac – and at the last instant tells him to stop. Then He provides a ram (which itself is another cliffhanger that does not get resolved until the sacrifice of Jesus in the New Testament). The end of Genesis Chapter 2 is another example. The Bible makes an ominous statement about Adam and Eve being naked and not ashamed… right before the serpent shows up in Chapter 3.

There is another danger in the Bible, though, too: a danger for us. For when we read it, we can obey it or reject it.

While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

Hebrews 3:15

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

James 1:22

There are great blessings in reading your Bible – if you practice what you read. But there is great danger in reading it and then ignoring its commands.

2. The mystery in it

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him:

Ephesians 1:9-10 (emphasis added)

Bible mysteries are really not mysterious in the way we normally think of that term, because, if you read it, they are revealed. It is obvious there is a Creator just from looking at everything around us, and we can learn much about Him just by observing His creation, but to really know Him – and to be partakers of the mystery of His Gospel and His will – even for our own lives – we must dig into the Bible.

3. The fascination in it

The Bible is a page-turner, and not just because of its suspenseful passages, but because it is so intensely interesting – in a supernatural way. The Holy Spirit illuminates the Word of God to make us want to understand it and to want more and more of it.

How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Psalm 119:103

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Proverbs 16:24

Honey is not something you eat quickly. You chew slowly and savor it.

Next time I will give some practical tips for getting more out of your Bible-reading.

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